Fangirling & scotch

I might have mentioned 1 or 2 times (or a 100…I lose track) that I’m a fan of Outlander, the STARZ TV show and the book series by Diana Gabaldon. And by that, I mean I’m an I’ve-gone-off-the-deep-end-and-am-now-treading-the-water-there sort of fan. I discussed my obsession and how it relates to this blog in Why do… [ Read More ]

A Magical Dessert

It all started with Harry Potter, as these things are wont to do. My family was obsessed with the boy wizard (well, mostly my younger daughter and I), and we read the books, listened to the audiobooks in the car, and went to all the movies (then bought them on DVD). Yes, we were at… [ Read More ]

I’ll Have That On The Side… (Part II) Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 3

Clotted cream is something I think of that is so part of the High Tea tradition, so British, that I always assume it will be provided with the scones. You know, as in “here are your scones with clotted cream and jam.” It just rolls off the tongue. However, in the US clotted cream is… [ Read More ]

I’ll Have That On The Side…Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 2

What do you like to eat with scones? How about Lemon Curd? But before I begin, you might be wondering about the title of this post. Let me explain…I love series, especially books. I love knowing that something is coming next, that I’ll be finding out what happens to these characters. Part of my current… [ Read More ]

Can I buy a vowel?

Whisky or Whiskey? What’s in a name…an ‘e’, yes or no? When my girls were little and we would be waiting for something/someone (think doctor’s office, mechanics, restaurant table, etc.), I would play a little spelling game with them based on their favorite show at the time, “Wheel of Fortune” (in my house aka “the… [ Read More ]

What’s old is new again

I’ll admit it…I’m a tree hugger. Well, not literally. Trees are scratchy and can have ants and bugs on them (ewww!), or worse, spiders (shudder). No, I’m in favor of trees in a natural setting…forests, woods, glens, glades…you get the idea. I love being in a natural woodland setting, preferably with the sound of running… [ Read More ]

Sharing is Caring

I love cookies. They are portion-controlled bits of food hugs. Even the word cookie is derived from the Dutch word kwoekjes, meaning “little cake” (anglicized to “cookie” by the early 1700s). As a side note, the British use the term “biscuit” just to mess up us Americans, who think of biscuits as a flaky Southern… [ Read More ]

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Playing the Field

Terroir and Scotch Whisky Okay, hands up…who knows what “terroir” means? I know all you wine aficionados do…put your hands down, smarty-pants. In wine making, terroir refers to the character imparted to the wine based on the environment in which the grapes are grown (like the type of soil in the vineyard, the amount of… [ Read More ]